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Saturday 19 April 2014

De Niro to close Tribeca Film Fest

Robert De Niro stars in The King Of Comedy, which will close the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Robert De Niro's film The King Of Comedy is to close the Tribeca Film Festival this year, the event he co-founded.

The 30th anniversary restoration of Martin Scorsese's 1983 black comedy, which also stars Jerry Lewis, Sandra Bernhard and Diahnne Abbott, has been announced as the closing night film of the festival on April 27.

"I was a big fan of the script and was very excited to do it with Marty and happy that we finally made it. The fact that it's been restored (hard to believe so many years have passed) is even all the better, and I can't wait to see it on our closing night," De Niro said.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Scorsese added: "Making the picture was quite an experience. I'm so happy that after all this time, The King Of Comedy is finally getting a restoration."

Jane Rosenthal, who co-founded the festival with De Niro, said: "Twelve years ago when we announced the first festival, it was Marty's idea for us to feature restored and rediscovered films. This year we are proud to close our 12th festival with a restoration of his The King Of Comedy.

"The King Of Comedy was so ahead of its time; it seems more relevant today than it was 30 years ago," she added.

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 17 to 28.

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